A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there's a lot of cartoon roughhousing and physical comedy -- characters get injured but recover instantly. There's also some fleeting innuendo and mature humor. Timmy often learns a thing or two from his misguided wishes, but the focus here is on cartoon zaniness more than education. Timmy's biggest enemy is his cruel babysitter Vicki -- the youngest viewers may need reassurance/reminding that their real-life babysitters are friendly.
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What's the story?
Grade-school viewers love watching Timmy (voiced by Tara Strong) -- a normal little boy trying to grow up and figure out the world -- wish for crazy things that he imagines will make his life more bearable. Timmy's fairy godparents, Cosmo and Wanda (Daran Norris and Susanne Blakeslee), grant his wishes, but Timmy inevitably wants life back to normal again. Timmy usually thinks he's wishing for something useful or helpful, such as a world without sleep or a cool job for his dad. The results of his wishes help Timmy make discoveries such as why kids need sleep or why just being Timmy's dad is a cool enough job.
Is it any good?
Nickelodeon airs some of the most creative and expertly animated cartoons on television, and it has another winner with THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS. Much like SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents can be fast-paced, raucous, and contain mature humor. Violence played for laughs -- characters squashed, clobbered, blown up, etc. -- isn't unusual, though no one is ever hurt permanently.
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